Updates on Arrieta and Baez and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Jake Arrieta completed his third rehab start on Wednesday. Arrieta worked into the sixth inning after retiring 10 in a row at one point and setting down 12 of the first 13 batters he faced to start his afternoon. Arrieta ended up allowing one earned run on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts […]

Minor Deals and Rosters, Sponsors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was a rather quiet day for the Cubs as to be expected, with a few exceptions. The Cubs signed veteran right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. Pineiro will report to Mesa and workout for 10 days in extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Iowa. It is unclear at this point […]

Cubs Reportedly Sign RHP Joel Pineiro to a Minor League Contract

According to a report out of Puerto Rico courtesy of Jesse Sanchez, the Cubs have signed RHP Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. The report indicates Pineiro will report to Mesa and participate in extended spring training for 10 days before going to Triple-A Iowa to start his season. The Cubs were connected to […]

Don’t Count the Cubs Out of the Masahiro Tanaka Sweepstakes

The Dodgers broke out their checkbook in a big way Wednesday and they may not be done. Clayton Kershaw agreed to a contract extension that will pay the 25-year old southpaw $215 million over the next seven years. And Kershaw can opt out of the contract after five years if he wants to pass on […]

Paul Maholm is Reportedly on the Cubs Radar

The Cubs could reunite with a former starter after all this winter. According to a report from Mark Gonzalez, Paul Maholm is likely on the Cubs’ radar and could be an option if they are unable to sign Masahiro Tanaka. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said they planned to add at least one starting […]

Pitching Remains at the Top of the Cubs List

Weekend Update The next seven days should be very interesting throughout the game. The Hall of Fame announcement will be made on Wednesday (Jan. 8) and it appears four players will join the trio of managers in Cooperstown this summer. Greg Maddux is still on 100 percent of the ballots that have been made public, […]

Resetting the Cubs Off-Season in the New Year

While Jeff Samardzija and Masahiro Tanaka garnered most of the attention throughout the holidays, the Cubs have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 13. The team has eight arbitration eligible players without a contract for next season.  Teams were showing interest in […]

Report: Cubs Express Interest in RHP Jesse Crain

The Cubs may be looking to add another pitcher or two to their bullpen this winter. The Cubs announced the signing of LHP Wesley Wright and have reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with RHP Jose Veras. The deal with Veras is pending a physical and the Cubs have not announced the signing […]

Cubs Reportedly Scout and Show Interest in RHP Joel Pineiro

According to a report from Puerto Rico, the Cubs were one of a handful of teams to recently watch RHP Joel Pineiro pitch for Leones de Ponce at the Roberto Clemente Stadium in his third start of the winter. Joel Pineiro underwent surgery on his right shoulder in June of 2012 and has not pitched […]

More Like Hibernation Season than the Hot Stove Season for the Cubs

Be very, very quiet … Jim Hendry and the Cubs are sleeping. While most of baseball is attempting to make their clubs better for 2010, the Cubs, so far, have not addressed their biggest needs or their number one priority this winter … dealing Milton Bradley. It is only December 17 but at some point, […]